Автор сообщения: Roger
Дата и время сообщения: 09 November 2005 at 16:48:46:
В ответ на сообщение: Re: Браччини
We can understand the dedicatory prefaces to early books and manuscripts as a species of epideictic oratory. Given the system of patronage that for so long made publication possible, one can understand the sometimes long-winded flattery of dedicatory epistles and prefaces. To praise a patron was to effect the possibility of obtaining sponsorship. One Renaissance entrepreneur inserted some 30 different dedicatory epistles into the front of different copies of his work, attempting to hedge his chances that this epideictic oratory would move at least one of his potential patrons, to whom he presented the copy (выделено мною - R).
More than one of our own authors (до этого обсуждались итальянские и французские авторы, после этого английские - R) have dedications in the same spirit. It was an expedient to procure dedicatory fees; for publishing books by subscription was an art then undiscovered. One prefixed a different dedication to a certain number of printed copies, and addressed them to every great man he knew (выделено мною - R), who, he thought relished a morsel of flattery, and would pay handsomely for a coarse luxury.
The price for the dedication of a play was at length fixed, from five to ten guineas from the Revolution to the time of George I., when it rose to twenty; but sometimes a bargain was to be struck when the author and the play were alike indifferent.
Isaac D'Israeli, Curiosities of Literature, Dedications